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Simulation suites to train next generation revealed

28 July, 2016

Simulation suites to train next generation revealed

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Credit: University of Salford

A set of hi-tech simulation suites used to train the next generation of midwives, nurses and counsellors was officially opened at the University of Salford yesterday (27 July).

The newly developed suites will enable students to learn a wide range of skills in as realistic a setting as possible.

They feature rooms that are designed to look exactly like hospital wards and contain realistic human patient simulators – high-tech electronic manikins, which can be operated by specialist technicians from an adjoining control room.

The simulators are able to move, ‘speak’ via a microphone controller, blink and even sweat. They also have pulses and moveable chest plates to simulate breathing, enabling students to respond to a wide variety of medical scenarios. 

One suite of rooms, designed to look exactly like a maternity unit, features a set of patient simulators representing birthing women and newborn babies, and enables midwifery students to respond to any situation that might occur before, during and after labour.

The midwifery suite also includes a pool where home-based waterbirths can be simulated, while other areas represent postnatal and neonatal units.

The £1.7m training suites come complete with everything from oxygen delivery ports to nurse call buttons and bed lights.

Students using them will receive practical training before going out on placements in hospitals across Greater Manchester, and their responses can be analysed in detail in the classroom by tutors and fellow students.
Interim dean of the University’s School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences Brian Boag said: ‘We are the biggest training provider of nurses and midwives in the North West and these ground-breaking facilities will provide a real benefit for the area, enabling us to give the best possible training for students who will go out and perform a service in hospitals around the region.’

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